BRITIONS have long cherished the belief that they are a free people. Unlike their neighbours the British never experienced occupation. It is well then to remind ourselves of what happens after a country has been invaded and its truculent population repressed.
Government is subordinate not to the people but to unseen influences. The political elite touch their toes to accommodate the occupiers. Pillage and plunder of the public purse by the replacement population proceeds.
Occupied peoples quickly discover that their status is relegated to that of second class citizen. Whilst equality is the oft-repeated mantra some are considered more equal than are others, the newcomers for example.
Life´s routine appears normal but there is a sinister influence that one finds suffocating. It is not exactly forbidden to say this or that or the other, but it is not done. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. One keeps strictly to the lines drawn in the sand.
It is now a punishable offence to express dissent or criticise the conquerors. The judiciary, police and security services become accomplices to the settlers. Press, Civil Service and police are subservient to the intruders. Courts are sympathetic towards those who now rule the roost.
Journalists become accomplices to treachery; media is institutionally hostile to the host community, which finds their opinions are effectively silenced. Members of the occupied community are denied access to selected alien-occupied zones.
Civil servants and police are aware that their job security is dependent upon servile acquiescence to the whims of the newly arrived. Employment, education and housing preference is given to the incomers. This is known as affirmative action or reverse racism.
Media and palace publishers rebuff poetry, art and literature considered to be of a dissenting nature. Job security is dependent upon compliance.
Major crimes committed by the newly arrived are treated as minor misdemeanours. Minor misdemeanours committed by the host community are regarded as major crimes. A sentence is automatically doubled if the court considers there was an element of hostility towards an occupier. The interests of the incomers are sacrosanct and inviolable.
The host population finds their history demonised and culture mocked. The prevailing propaganda urges collaboration and defeat is said to be inevitable.
Media focuses on the failings of the host community whilst drooling over the history and culture of the invaders. Censorship and suppression is endemic. Members of the host community are under surveillance, considered suspects and considered potential criminals.
This is what it is like to live in an occupied country. Rule, Britannia, rule the waves, Britons never will be slaves. Perhaps Britannia no longer rules the waves washing along the English Channel.